Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the three-year lectionary.
How many times have we decided the Old Testament prophets are full of doom and gloom? We turn to something more encouraging like Romans chapter 5. In doing so, we completely miss the delight in a passage like our Old Testament reading from Zephaniah 3:14-20. I will stop writing while you look in your Table of Contents or try to find Zephaniah rather than Zechariah.
Be glad! Why? God has taken away the judgments which convicted you. And why had they convicted you? Because you were guilty. But with God in your midst, why should you fear? He has taken away your evil and will protect you in the future. This is entirely too good news for us! God’s people, even the lame, the outcast, and the oppressed, will be rescued, even if they were in trouble justly. This is the enormity of God’s love. He is the one who restores our fortunes.
This is the sovereign love of God, who takes the people who were ot his own and makes them heirs of his kingdom. And he does it, as we read in the New Testament, by giving is Son to die in our place and grant life to all who believe him. This is a message of good news. God has prepared life. Why would we hide? Let’s press on, rejoicing and trusting in the Savior.
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